Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Building with a Castellated Tower: ?Kingsgate House, near Margate


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Support: 126 × 106 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned vertically, this slight and diagrammatic sketch may represent Kingsgate House, near Margate.
The later inscriptions are all at right angles to the drawing, descending vertically relative to it. Towards the bottom right is the endorsement of the executors of the Turner Bequest, Charles Turner, John Prescott Knight and Charles Lock Eastlake, in ink ‘No 349 Contains 27 | leaves In Pencil & Colour | ‘C Turner’| and in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and ‘JPK’ below. Underneath, at the bottom left in relation to the drawing, is a pencil note by curator Arthur Mayger Hind:
Leaves replaced as
follows Nov 1934: –
93 as 3a
95} in this order
91 end fly leaf
This is from the period of the restoration and rebinding of many Turner Bequest sketchbooks at the British Museum after the Tate Gallery flood of 1928. For a discussion of these and other changes, see the technical notes and concordance in the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Andrew Wilton
May 2011

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